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16 MPs cast invalid vote in mock VP election, invite BJP chief Amit Shah’s ire

Unlike the presidential election, which involves a complex voting methodology with votes having different values, the vice president is elected only by the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha MPs.

india Updated: Aug 05, 2017 07:32 IST
Kumar Uttam
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with BJP’s vice president candidate Venkaiah Naidu at a function in New Delhi, on August  4, 2017. The election to decide India's 15th Vice President will be held on August 5.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with BJP’s vice president candidate Venkaiah Naidu at a function in New Delhi, on August 4, 2017. The election to decide India's 15th Vice President will be held on August 5. (AP)

As many as 16 MPs cast invalid vote in a dummy poll that the BJP organised for the parliamentarians ahead of tomorrow vote for the post of Vice President. NDA’s M Venkaiah Naidu is pitted against UPA’s Gopal Krishna Gandhi for the post of Vice President.

The BJP had organised the dummy vote on Friday to avoid a repeat of July 17 presidential election, wherein 21 MPs had cast invalid votes. Before the dummy vote, BJP general secretary Bhupendra Yadav had briefed MPs on the procedure and method of voting.

An angry BJP chief Amit Shah asked MPs not to repeat the mistake and cast their vote properly.

Later, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the NDA MPs, saying it was for the first time in country’s history that president, Vice President and lok Sabha speaker come from the same family. PM Modi also asked them to work towards restoring the dignity of Indian parliament.

“Congress was always like an umbrella organisation representing different (ideological) families,” Modi told a meeting of NDA MPs here on Friday. “We are different. We represent the same family.”

Modi asked MPs to be mindful of their conduct and approach towards people holding constitutional office. “The way behaviour of a daughter changes the moment she becomes daughter in law, we have to be mindful how we conduct ourselves,” Modi said. In a lighter vein, he quipped that NDA’s vice presidential candidate Venkaiah Naidu was already behaving like a daughter in law.

The PM said that dignity of the upper house should be restored, as the constituent assembly had envisaged a greater and more responsible role for the Rajya Sabha.

Unlike the presidential election, which involves a complex voting methodology with votes having different values, the vice president is elected only by the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha MPs.

The electoral college for the vice presidential election comprises 790 members. The BJP is confident of the support of the NDA allies, whose total strength in the two houses stands at 422. Some other parties outside the NDA, such as the AIADMK and the YSR Congress, too have pledged support and the BJP leaders expect that Venkaiah’s final tally may cross 500 votes. The AIADMK, the TRS and the YSRCP have together 50 and 17 MPs in the two respective Houses.